CenturyLink establishes SAP cloud partnership, builds on Cognilytics acquisition

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CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) has established a supplier partnership with SAP to offer services for SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud, furthering another set of capabilities to business customers that want to offload functions to a third party so they can focus on their core competencies.

Under the terms of this agreement, CenturyLink said, its infrastructure and IT services capabilities will help expand the SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud offering and help customers achieve faster time to market for their transformation projects based on the SAP HANA platform.

As a private, secure cloud managed by SAP, SAP HANA is offered to companies that need to run mission-critical applications in a cloud environment.

Leveraging its network capabilities, CenturyLink can support a mixture of cloud-based development/test environments, manage large-scale production workloads and provide metro-specific disaster recovery services.

It also takes the guesswork for enterprises deploying SAP themselves on their premises. CenturyLink's international network, private cloud and managed hosting infrastructure services can enable businesses to deploy their SAP application workloads to their global workforces.

Customers that work with SAP and CenturyLink will be able to get a wide array of business solutions, including cloud enablement, big data-as-a-service, advanced decision sciences, digital commerce, managed security application development and modernization, quality assurance and testing, and disaster recovery services. Global IT Services also offers a suite of analytical solutions built on its Model Controller platform designed to operationalize predictive models.

Establishing this partnership with SAP to enable SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud builds on the acquisition CenturyLink made in 2014 of Cognilytics, a provider of advanced predictive analytics and big data solutions for mid-sized and large enterprises. Cognilytics has developed analytics solutions for multiple industries, including financial services, retail, consumer products, healthcare, oil and gas, manufacturing, high tech and logistics.

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